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Microsoft Blesses iSCSI Hardware

The Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) iSCSI train left the station today carrying 14 hardware vendors that passed compatibility tests for Windows (see Microsoft Qualifies 14 iSCSI Products).

The announcement is a signal from Microsoft to companies that compatible HBAs and arrays are available to begin implementing iSCSI networks on Windows.

"Microsoft's support of iSCSI is going to be very important," says James Opfer, research VP for Gartner/Dataquest. "You need targets for iSCSI to progress, and the users need to know it will work."

The first group of vendors awarded Microsoft's iSCSI Designed for Windows logo include those with host bus adapters (HBAs) -- or initiators -- and those with targets. The host/initiator category includes:

The target vendors are:

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